Our mission is to support education for the students of Kengereka school.
Aya Education Fund is a registered charity dedicated to supporting the students of Kengereka School in Boma Ng'ombe Tanzania. This fund provides assistance for school fees, supplies, and student needs to help these students have a chance at success. The village of Boma Ng'ombe is a village of approximately 11,313 (as of 2012 census) in the Hai district near Kilimanjaro. Many families rely on farming for both work and for sustenance. Poverty is rampant, and many children are pulled out of school to help farm and provide for their families. The goal of Aya is to help provide the needs of the students and school as well as help take the burden off of the families so that the children can receive a proper education and break the cycle of poverty.
Here are some current and past projects:
Beginning January 2022 - Aya Education Fund will be providing breakfast for the students at Kengereka School. We are working with the school to pay for the cooks wage and the supplies to make Tanzanian porridge (Ugi)
It will cost approximately $5800 CDN to provide breakfast for 1000 students for the entire school year. Sadly many children rely on school lunch as they do not have many meals at home. Our belief is that a well nourished student is a successful student. We are grateful for the donations to help get this program underway!
If you would like to support this, please go to the Donations page.
COVID-19 has changed our reality, and here in Canada, we have hand sanitizer, hand washing stations and masks to help us protect ourselves and each other. Things are a little different in other developing countries. Kingereka students have up to 90 children in each classroom - which means social distancing is not possible.
We can help support their health by building hand washing stations such as the one pictured here. This way, the students can have access to a pipe fed station to wash their hands regularly.
There are 3 stations that hold 500 litres of water as well as soap for the students to practice good hand hygiene.
Proper hand washing instructions will also be posted (in Swahili) to ensure that the students are doing it properly. We even suggested they sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while washing to take their time.
You can make donations by using the Donate Now button on each page, or by contacting us directly for an e-transfer. Tax receipts are available.
Photos will be added as the project begins!
Previous School Kitchen
This has been the kitchen used to cook the lunch for the 1000+ students at the school. It has been in serious need of repair or replacement for many years. When I first visited the school in 2014 it became a goal to fund a new safer kitchen for the students. Having proper nutrition is essential for the health of the students, and seeing as the school lunch is the only meal most students get, this felt like an important task.
Eventually, we would like to reinstate the Breakfast program so that the students are nourished, more alert, healthier and able to perform better in their classes.
Construction of new Kitchen
In the fall of 2019 the long awaited project to re-build the kitchen began! Days after the transfer of donations, the school went into action and began construction. They opted on a simple structure to create a safer space in which they could store the large pots, flour, beans and any other cooking items.
The school has been quite excited about this project and we couldn’t be happier to be able to help them build this.
Last stages of construction
As the end of 2019 draws to a close, we can see that the roof has been put on, the structure is in place and there are only a few elements left to complete.
With the remaining fundraising in the campaign, we hope to be able to complete the construction.
**This will make the construction of the kitchen to be the first building fully funded by Aya Education Fund! We have contributed to the construction of a classroom, however now we will have done this solely as a project to completion. Once the construction is complete we will be able to upload new photos to show the process from start to finish. We could not have done this without your help!
Our next project will be to assist the school in building an additional classroom. With growing numbers of students in the area, there are still very large classroom sizes. In order to provide the best platform to learn their studies we agree with the school that classes smaller than 90 students per teacher a more effective way of teaching.
The donation from the Armstrong Family also helped to buy a new printer for the school. Having a laptop and a printer will help the teachers organize lessons, track exam marks and provide more options for the students.
The parents of the students have gotten together to have another classroom built. The numbers of students has increased dramatically and the school desperately needs to expand to accommodate the rising numbers. Once the school fees, supplies and exam fees are covered by Aya, we are happy to donate funds towards the construction of the new classroom!
It is almost finished! November 2018, and the new classroom is nearly complete. The students are now able to have more room and more one on one attention with their teachers.
Some students standing outside the new classroom. Aya Education Fund is so proud to have been able to contribute to this project.
Water Harvesting Tanks 2017
The school has one water pipe that supplies water for all of the students, teachers and the school. During dry season, water can be scarce and the school needs to pay for their water supply. It was discussed and decided that Aya Education Fund would purchase two large water harvesting tanks for the school. This way the school can save money and there will be more available for drinking, cleaning and cooking. We are proud to be able to help the school harvest more water!
Purdy's Chocolate Fundraisers
Money raised from this annual Christmas fundraiser will go to pay for the exam fees, supplies, programs and new buildings.
2019, funds went to help build the kitchen
2020, funds went to finish the kitchen build
2021, funds are going to support the Breakfast Program beginning in January 2022
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Online donations are processed via Canada Helps.
Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt
Donations can be made by e-transfer, cash, cheque or completed online.